Four Innovation Factory Women-Led Startups Awarded Funding Through Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund

After announcing their commitment to advancing gender equality, the Government of Canada established a new Women in Entrepreneurship Strategy with their 2018 budget.

By addressing women’s economic empowerment through initiatives such as the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (the Strategy), Canada will have the potential to add $150 billion in incremental GDP by 2026 and reach its goal of doubling the number of majority women-owned businesses by 2025.

In total, more that 200 applications were approved for funding through the Women’s Entrepreneurship Fund (WEF), among which are four Innovation Factory clients.

Sniper Skin (sniperskin.ca)

Sniper Skin was founded in March 2015 by Lee Wright and April Wright in Dundas, Ontario. Sniper Skin offers premium grip products for hockey, lacrosse, baseball and golf that can be customized with a player’s name, number, logo, colour and pattern. Sniper Skin products are engineered and made in Canada, are patented in Canada and Europe, and are patent-pending in the U.S. Products ship worldwide with no purchase minimums. For more information, visit www.sniperskinsports.com.

You can buy Sniper Skin on their website at sniperskin.ca or Amazon.ca

Nuts for Cheese (nutsforcheese.com)

Nuts for Cheese specializes in artisan, cultured, and 100% organic cashew-based vegan cheese products. Nuts for Cheese was established by a vegan chef and cheese maker with over five years industry experience. She started the company to supply vegan, health and environmentally conscious consumers with delicious, artisanal, and nutritious dairy-free, cruelty-free options – a market that currently remains under-served. Nuts for Cheese addresses three mass-growth markets: lactose intolerant or sensitive, vegan and vegetarians, and environmentally-conscious/flexitarian consumers.

You can find Nuts for Cheese products at Sobeys, Goodness Me, Farm Boy or

Instage (instage.ca)

A room-scale virtual reality tool used for sales training, pitch / presentation training and personal development, designed to make the user feel as if they are in front of an ultra-realistic, responsive audience.

Learn more about Instage on their website at instage.ca.

Braze Mobility (brazemobility.com)

A sensor system that can be installed on any wheelchair and provide the user with feedback about obstacles in their blind spots.

Learn more about Braze Mobility at brazemobility.com

Learn more about the Women Entrepreneurship Fund here.
See the list of successful applicants here.

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